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January 15, 2013
12:27 EDTAAPL, FB, RSH, TGT, EXPR, SNTS, LULU, GIVNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday but off early lows as investors digested a batch of mixed domestic economic data. Retail sales were stronger than expected in December and inflation, as measured by the producer price index, was cooler than expected. However, manufacturing in the New York region contracted in January for the sixth straight month. Fears about the impact of the ongoing debt ceiling debate flared again after President Obama and Fed Chairman Bernanke both spoke about it yesterday and ratings agency Fitch warned that the U.S. could lose its top credit rating if its spending issues were not addressed... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the January Empire State Manufacturing Survey from the New York Fed rose slightly to -7.78 from last month's -8.10 reading, but missed forecasts for a rise to 0.00. The Commerce Department said retail sales increased 0.5% in December, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. Producer prices fell 0.2% during last month, versus the expected decrease of 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in November, matching expectations. In Europe, Germany's statistics office said the nation's economy grew by 0.7% in 2012, but its gross domestic product declined 0.5% in Q4. However, the euro zone recorded a higher than expected trade surplus in November thanks to surging exports and flat imports... COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) narrowly avoided closing below $500 yesterday, but has spent all of today's session below that level amid some conflicting analyst commentary. Research firm Nomura lowered its estimates and price target for Apple, while Sterne Agee, Jefferies and RW Baird all made positive comments... Facebook (FB) shares rose about 1% ahead of its press event, scheduled for 1 pm ET, for an as yet unnamed product or feature it is building... Radioshack (RSH) shares, which had initially moved higher after the company said it is terminating a mobile partnership with Target (TGT), slid over 3% near noon... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Express (EXPR), up 22% after raising its Q4 and FY12 EPS views, and Santarus (SNTS), up over 9% after getting FDA approval for a drug and guiding to revenue above the Street's expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was lululemon (LULU), which slid more than 6% after providing disappointing revenue guidance. Also lower were U.S.-listed shares of Given Imaging (GIVN) which dropped over 11% after the company said it is no longer considering a sale or merger and that its controlling shareholder plans to seek and consider a sale of its stake... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 5.33, or 0.04%, to 13,501.99; the Nasdaq was down 10.65, or 0.34%, to 3,106.85; and the S&P 500 was down 1.53, or 0.10%, to 1,469.15.
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August 20, 2014
08:04 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 U.S. segment SSS flat
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08:03 EDTTGTTarget cuts FY14 adjusted EPS view to $3.10-$3.30 from $3.60-$3.90
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08:02 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 adjusted EPS 40c-50c, consensus 65c
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget says better U.S. sales have continued into August
"While results from the quarter didn’t meet our expectations, we are seeing some early signs of progress as we work to improve results in the U.S. and Canada,” said John Mulligan, executive vice president and CFO of Target Corporation. “In the U.S., traffic trends continue to recover and monthly sales are improving, with July comparable sales up more than 1 percent. Better U.S. sales have continued into August, driven by early back-to-school results. In Canada, the team is making important changes to operations and the merchandise assortment with a focus on delivering improved results by this holiday season.”
08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 adjusted EPS 78c, consensus 79c
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06:28 EDTAAPLApple could delay iWatch until 2015, FT Alphaville reports
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August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 19, 2014eBay
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 28c to 27.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL C HD PBR GILD AA NFLX TWTR TSLA EBAY according to Track Data.
15:16 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:42 EDTTGTTarget August weekly 59.5 straddle priced for 2.4% move into Q2
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14:19 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says increased Apple position over past year
Carl Icahn tweeted in regards to Apple, "All my chips still on the table and in fact increased position over past year." Icahn added that anyone who invested in Apple last year when he recommended the stock would be up 53% including dividends.
13:54 EDTAAPLCarney a contender to take over top communications job at Apple, Re/code says
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13:04 EDTTGTTarget technical comments before earnings
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13:00 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target cuts Q2 EPS view to reflect flat U.S. segment SSS
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, August 20, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 79c on revenue of $17.38B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 78c-91c on revenue of $17.28B-$17.5B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 70c on revenue of $17.05B, against estimates for 71c and $17.01B, respectively. U.S. comparable sales decreased 0.3% in Q1, near the high end of the expected range. Target was unable to estimate future expenses related to the data breach that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2013, but said costs may have a "material adverse effect" on Q2 and FY14 results. NEWS: In July, Target named Brian Cornell as chairman and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 12. Cornell most recently served as the CEO of PepsiCo (PEP) Americas Foods. Chief Financial Officer and former interim CEO John Mulligan previously told CNBC that he would be "happy" transitioning back to CFO role. The company cut its Q2 adjusted EPS guidance to "within a range around 78c" from 85c-$1.00, which excluded approximately 2c related to the expected reduction of its beneficial interest asset, as well as any net expenses related to the data breach. The updated guidance reflects U.S. Segment essentially flat comparable sales with lower-than-expected EBITDA margin driven by promotional markdowns, as guests continue to spend cautiously and focus on value in the current environment, and Canadian segment's somewhat softer-than-expected sales combined with the impact of continued investments to clear excess inventory. The Q2 results are also expected to include gross expenses of $148M related to the December 2013 data breach. Mulligan commented that the environment in both the U.S. and Canada "continues to be challenging, and results aren’t yet where they need to be," but noted that the retailer is making progress in efforts to drive U.S. sales and traffic and improve Canadian operations. Target plans to extend the hours at over 50% of its U.S. locations in an effort to increase the number of customers who shop later in the day, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing a spokesperson. STREET RESEARCH: Goldman downgraded Target to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target to $59 from $65 to reflect estimate cuts following the Q2 pre-announcement, lack of catalysts, and e-commerce devaluation of general merchandise retailers. Baird thinks that Target may see better results later in 2014 and could restart its share buybacks at some point in the second half of the year, but sees stiff competition in Target's space. Wells Fargo wrote that the costs related to the data breach are on track to come in well below the $1B that some had initially feared. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up almost 2% over the past three months. In intra-day trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report, shares are up more than 1% to $59.35.
12:40 EDTAAPLApple nears life high, levels to watch
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12:27 EDTAAPLIcahn says 'very sizable' shareholder of Apple, has not sold share
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11:57 EDTAAPLApple shares reach $100, up 84c or 1%
09:38 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:07 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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06:32 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley recommends adding to Apple positions
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